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Don't go down slides with the kids

Young kids love to visit playgrounds with their parents and other caregivers. You can see the joy on the youngsters' faces as they fly high in the air on the swings and shoot down the slides.

Playgrounds also provide kids with the opportunity to socialize with others at or near their own ages, which can help the preschool set learn how to interact with their peers. But dangers also lurk in these settings.

Beware of this slide hazard

How many parents have you seen going down the slide with a baby or toddler on the lap? Perhaps it's even been you who held your reluctant loved one close as you slid down the chute.

If so, thank your lucky starts that no harm came to your child. As one parent in a northern state can attest, it could have ended badly.

The New York mother never considered the danger to her little girl when she rode the slide with her daughter, who was only 1 at the time. As People magazine reports and a photograph documents, her toddler fractured multiple bones in her right leg when the girl's foot got trapped between her mother's body and the edge of the slide.

Real and present danger

After she sought treatment for her daughter's injuries, the ER doctor and orthopedist informed the worried mom that these type of slide-related injuries happen quite frequently.

The mom was quoted as saying the doctors told her that there "is no safe way to go down the slide with your child in your lap. Even if parents tuck in their child's feet, they can get stuck under their parents."

The American Academy of Pediatrics conducted a study last year in the United States that showed over 350,000 kids age 5 and under go hurt on slides from 2002-2015. Toddlers had the highest percentage of injuries, resulting in many broken leg bones.

The damage can be extensive

The little girl suffered fractures to both the tibia and fibula of her leg. For four weeks she had to wear a pink cast on her tiny limb. Her mom is sharing their story on social media to alert other parents to this playground danger.

In some circumstances, it may be possible to recover damages in a premises liability lawsuit.

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